View of “Nevin Aladağ,” 2014. Walls: March (Istanbul), 2014. Center: Beeline (Istanbul), 2014.

Nevin Aladağ


View of “Nevin Aladağ,” 2014. Walls: March (Istanbul), 2014. Center: Beeline (Istanbul), 2014.

A notable feature of the contemporary-art scene is the way it has put more artists into worldwide circulation than ever before. Traveling from city to city, these “glocal” artists bring myriad cultural inflections to exhibitions across five continents. Nevin Aladağ is among the artists riding this wave, from biennials in Taipei and Sharjah to museums in Munich (Pinakothek der Moderne) and Tokyo (Museum of Contemporary Art). Fittingly, and successfully, most of her performances and video works involve images and sounds of people and places in which each component can be felt or seen but the overall result is a heterogeneous whole—for instance, Raise the Roof (which has been done in several versions since 2007), in which women wearing stiletto-heeled shoes listen and dance to a music only they can hear through their headphones. The titles and lengths of the songs they listen

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